A young mum from Derry, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis aged 20, is hoping people in the city will help fundraise to “help find a cure” for MS.
Clíona Evans explains, “I was diagnosed with MS at 20 after years of unexplained symptoms like numbness, vision loss and severe fatigue.
“When I was eventually diagnosed - after the birth of my daughter Jennifer-Ella - it was quite a relief initially because at least then I knew what my mysterious symptoms were. My husband and I extended our family and our son Bobby was born in 2007. I try to stay as active as possible but life isn’t always easy with MS. Multiple sclerosis is so unpredictable and no two days are the same.
“I try not to plan too far ahead and live for the moment really. My positive outlook on life helps me to cope day to day, as do my wonderful family. I work part time in PR and I also really enjoy volunteering with the MS Society. I’m vice-chair of the MS Society Foyle Branch which provides support and services for local people affected by MS.”
Next month, Clíona, 29, will be hosting a Cake Break at her home where there will be lots of cakes and treats on offer and it’s a real family affair too because Clíona’s mum is planning a Cake Break and son Bobby hopes to have one in his school. Clíona says she’d like to encourage everyone to support Cake Break to help fund MS research. “I’ve only begun to organise my Cake Break event and already it has given me a real boost to realise how much support I have from people around me. My family are getting involved, promising to bake cakes and even host their own Cake Breaks. Most people in Northern Ireland love to have a cuppa and a cake so I’d like to encourage everyone to get involved and host their own Cake Break. Your support could help to find the cure I really hope for”.
This year the MS Society are hoping to raise more than £350,000 from Cake Break. The event is happening on Friday 2nd May and you can sign up yourself by going to www.cakebreak.org.uk.